The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is the oldest professional society for program evaluators in the United States. Founded in 1978, EERS remains a vibrant contributor to program evaluation practice and theory. A fully-fledged affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the purpose of EERS is to promote key goals of the profession in our region.   Read More »

2016: Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works

Sun, 05/01/2016 to Tue, 05/03/2016

The 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society will be returning to its longtime home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s conference theme will be Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works. The conference will continue its tradition of providing professional evaluators, academics, students, and evaluation consumers an informal, collegial forum to discuss.


Propose a Session

The 2016 EERS conference Call for Proposals is now available and the online proposal submission is now open. Questions regarding the submission process can be directed the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Lacy Fabian ( or Justin Piff ( In the meantime, here are five key considerations when preparing your proposal:

1. Submit your proposal early! The proposal deadline is Friday, December 11. You’ll have until April to pull it all together for your presentation, and we expect to send out acceptances in late January.

2. Consider the best format for your work: Individual, Panel, Skill Building, Ignite, or Student presentation.

3. Be selective: To increase program participation, we typically include the best presentation submitted by an author.

4. Know your co-authors: Have information about your co-authors on hand when submitting your proposal. You will need their city, state and email address.

5. Keep Informed: Follow us @EasternEval and #EERS16 on Twitter for the latest on the 2016 conference.


Student Proposals

The EERS conference has a long tradition of encouraging student presenters, with opportunities to present their research and financial support for successful proposers. The 2016 Call for Student Proposals is available for interested graduate and undergraduate students in evaluation disciplines, and student proposals are now being accepted. Questions about student conference proposals can be directed to Akisha Jones ( When ready, click here to submit a student proposal.


EERS Conference Sponsors

EERS invites organizations interested in partnering as a conference sponsor to contact Tom Archibald by email. In addition to supporting the practice of evaluation in the northeastern U.S., your company will benefit from exposure to a select group of evaluation professionals on this site and in the conference program. See previous years' conferences for examples.


Technology and Social Media for the EERS Conference

Get ready to Tweet the Conference! #EERS16

Technology hardware and support is provided for the EERS conference. Please review the specific information provided for conference presenters and conference attendees.


Support EERS Conference Student Participation

EERS takes pride in encouraging the next generation of evaluators by supporting students whose presentation proposals are accepted with stipends, and free or subsidized meal and conference registration fees exceeding $4000 annually. You can now make tax-deductable donations securely through PayPal or with a credit card, with all proceeds going to support costs for student participants. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting our students!


The 2016 conference continues its long history of exceptional presenters, featuring a distinguished group of speakers, in addition to the EERS Invited Authors Program and pre-conference workshops for evaluation professionals. Guests for this conference include the following:

  • John Gargani (Keynote Speaker) - President, Gargani + Company; 2016 AEA President-Elect
  • Katrina Bledsoe (Plenary Speaker) - Founding Director and Senior Research Director, ThinkShift
  • Tony Foleno (Plenary Speaker) - Senior Vice President Research, Planning and Evaluation, The Advertising Council


The Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

In its 4th year for the 2016 conference, the Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice focuses on a conference theme through the eyes of selected luminaries from the evaluation field. Supported again by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this spring's Forum Plenary Presentation will feature Stafford Hood, Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment.


Pre-Conference Workshops

EERS has a long history of providing popular evaluation practitioner workshops immediately prior to the formal opening of the annual conference. This year's pre-conference trainings are listed at the bottom of this page, with links to additional information about sessions and presenters.


Five Reasons to Attend an EERS Annual Conference

1. Networking: Share expertise, learn and network in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.
2. Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue: Interact with evaluators and users of evaluation from a broad spectrum of disciplines and organizations.
3. Professional Development: Gain knowledge and learn new skills. Workshops and skill sessions, at various levels, are an integral part of our conference.
4. Inspiration: Feel nurtured and inspired, whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional.
5. National Experts: Rub elbows with national evaluation experts.


Conference Materials

Conference materials and presentations will be uploaded below as they become available.


Connect with EERS

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Tweet the 2016 Conference! #EERS16